Statues and Sculptures, Amsterdam

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    Public Art - "Scheepsvaarthuis" sculptures

    by yooperprof Written Aug 29, 2008
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    Favorite thing: The Scheepsvaarthuis - or "Shipping House" - is one of the most important examples of early 20th century architecture in all of Holland. It well illustrates the way in which architects in the first decades of the 1900s attempted to fuse traditions of craft, art, and engineering through the creation of new building styles that would reflect the past while preparing for the future.

    Intriguing and occasionally grotesque statues adorn the front doors of the Scheepsvaarthuis, at the corner of Prins Henrikkade and Binnenkant. They are the 20th century equivalent of medieval gargoyles, I suppose. Kind of Art Nouveau, I think.

    The lead architect for the building was Johan van der Mey (1878-1949), although he had the assistance of others members of the "Amsterdam School" as well. Originally used as offices, a large portion of the block has been converted to a five-star luxury hotel, the "Hotel Amrath."

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    Public Art - Prince Hendrik on the Hendrikkade

    by yooperprof Written Aug 30, 2008

    Favorite thing: Nice muttonchops!

    Prince Hendrik (1827-1879), sometimes called "the Navigator" was the younger brother of King William III. He dedicated his life to the Dutch navy, and died as an Admiral of the Fleet. Prins Hendrikkade is his main legacy.

    The bust is just across the street from the impressive Scheepvaarthuis.

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    Public Art - "Lovely Boy" in the Spui

    by yooperprof Written Sep 11, 2008
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    Favorite thing: Amsterdam's Lovely Boy - "Amsterdamse Lieverdje" - is located in the Spui market area in the center city. Originally created for a street fair, he proved to be so popular that he was cast in copper the following year, becoming a permanent resident of Amsterdam's streets. Carel Kneulman (1915-2008) was the sculptor.

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    The City Renewal monument

    by pieter_jan_v Written Feb 27, 2014
    De Grenspaal - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: The most remarkable, uglyiest and and eye catching monument is located at the Jodenbreestraat.

    Its official name is "Grenspaal" and it was made by Hans ’t Mannetje in 1986.
    The monument is also known as the "Zuildragende schildpad" (Pillar carrying turtle) or the Monument of Jacob Israël de Haan.

    It is located on the spot where a planned highway ends. The plans for the highway changed after much debate.

    The monument has three text areas with the following Dutch writings:
    "Tot hier verdween het oude stadspatroon
    van hier begon de stadsvernieuwing in deze buurt
    ter herinnering werd dit gedenkteken opgericht."

    "Die te Amsterdam vaak zei: 'Jeruzalem'
    en naar Jeruzalem gedreven kwam,
    Hij zegt met mijmerende stem
    'Amsterdam, Amsterdam…'."

    "De tijd kruipt met het bouwwerk heen, van hier, vandaar rest soms een steen."

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    PC Hooft statue

    by pieter_jan_v Written Mar 5, 2014
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    Favorite thing: Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (PC Hooft in short) was a Dutch writer and historian.
    He lived from 1581 to 1647. He lived for 40 years at the Muiderslot castle, just East of Amsterdam.

    His statue is located at a small square at the Stadhouderskade at the North side of the posh Amsterdam shopping street named after him%L8.
    The sculpture is made by Frits Sieger and revealed in 1947, 300 years after Hooft died.

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    Arthur van Schendel statue

    by pieter_jan_v Written Mar 30, 2014
    Arthur van Schendel statue - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: The statue of the Dutch writer Arthur van Schendel is located at the Leidsebosje, a small park across the canal SW of the Leidseplein square.

    Arthur François Emile van Schendel was born at Batavia (Jakarta) at March 5,1874 and died at Amsterdam on September 11, 1946.
    After his early year in Indonesia, where his father was a Lutenant-Colonel in the Dutch army, he followed the school of arts at Amsterdam. For a time he teached in the UK and later went to Italy.

    His son was the general manager of the Rijksmuseum.

    The statue was made by Jobs Wertheim.

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    Herman Heijermans statue

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 2, 2014
    Herman Heijermans statue - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: The Herman Heijermans statue is located in the Leidsebosje, a small park just South of the Leidseplein square. It's mad by sculptor Joseph Mendes da Costa in 1929.

    Herman Heijermans was a writer of plays and small stories.

    The first statue was placed in the Vondelpark, but was the subject of much debate and vandalism. In 1934 the statue was badly damaged and a second statue had to be made. This one was placed at the Leidsebosje in 1935, but was removed in 1940, again due to vandalism.

    After WWII two efforts were necessary to repair the statue and since 1964 it returned to the Leidsebosje.

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    Belle

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 7, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Since March 31, 2007 the Belle statue is part of the Oudekerksplein.

    Belle is an ode to all prostitutes of the world.

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    The Titaantjes

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 12, 2008

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    De Titaantjes

    Favorite thing: In the Oosterpark there's a statue called "De Titaantjes" after a title of a 1918 book by writer Nescio aka Jan Hendrik Frederik Grönloh (June 22, 1882 till July 25, 1961).

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    Winkler Prins Monument

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 13, 2005

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    Winkler Prins Monument

    Favorite thing: This monument is located at the Frederiksplein.
    I have to return, because I cannot find any info about it.

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    Former Queen Wilhelmina

    by pieter_jan_v Written Nov 11, 2008
    Wilhelmina statue

    Favorite thing: The statue of former Dutch Queen Wilhelmina on a horse is located at the Rokin.

    It's sculped by Theresia van der Pant.

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    At the Noordermarkt

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 30, 2013
    Woutertje Pieterse and Femke - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: At the Noordermarkt, corner Prinsengracht there is a sculpture of Woutertje Pieterse and Femke made in 1971 by sculpture Frits Sieger. It's a scene from a book by Multatuli.

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